Some schoolchildren don’t know what a real blueberry looks like or how to peel an orange. The Northwest Arkansas office of the American Heart Association attended training at the Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative in Farmington recently to discuss ways to get more fresh, healthy produce from farms into schools. School teachers and community representatives attending the Arkansas Farm to School Toolkit training learned how to integrate aspects of farm-grown foods into the schools’ curriculum and planning of cafeteria menu items. Attendees also learned how to start a school farm and acquire more local produce for school lunches. Knowledge about produce can be used to teach nearly all subjects, such as math, science and art.

Visit this link to access resources and learn more about the Arkansas Farm to School program.

By Cyd King, Communications Director
American Heart Association-NWA